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Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Can Prevent Asthma Attacks in Children

Updated on April 23, 2012

All this time DHA (Docosa Hexaenoic Acid) is known as an important nutrient for brain growth, especially at the age of infants and toddlers. But according to the studies in America, DHA also can prevent a child from asthma attack and improve respiratory health.

Compared with children who do not consume DHA, children who receive DHA in early life has the possibility of infection respiratory tract is lower up to 45 percent, also the possibility of allergies or asthma is lower by 26 percent.

DHA is a functional nutrition or nutrition which is very important to the human immune system, as important as vitamins C, A, E, which is very good especially in the early (first 2 years) human development.

DHA or Docosa Hexaenoic Acid is a specific term for omega-3 or linolenic fatty acids. DHA has been widely known as one of the largest constituent of the brain that is about 40 percent. While 60 percent found in the retina.

That is why DHA is touted as a magic substance maker smart kids and grow well. However, studies in America show that in addition useful for the growth of brain and vision, DHA is also useful to form the respiratory system and optimal immune system. Because DHA contains a very good composition to stabilize and improve the immunity against infection and allergy, including children who have asthma.

Respiratory defense system of a child is very different from adults. Defense mechanism they have not been perfect and develop. They have not had a nose hair that can filter out dirt or Konka that can regulate body temperature with the environment, so it is very susceptible to respiratory infections such as coughs, colds or allergy symptoms such as asthma.

With the DHA, the respiratory tract of children expected to become more stable and protected from virus infections or bacteria. However, DHA is not the only substance that can boost children immunity, there are still many factors.

Do not misunderstand, do not say just because DHA is good for kids, so taking supplements that contain DHA continuously. Appropriate nutrition, immunization and healthy environment is the key to form a bright child, healthy and strong.

Then where is the source of DHA? DHA can be obtained from fish oil or deepsea fish such as salmon. If salmon is too expensive for you, tuna can be an alternative. In addition, a child can get DHA from supplements such as milk that contains DHA.

The good news, DHA can also be obtained for free from mother's milk. But the composition and amount of DHA in mother's milk will greatly depend on the diet or food consumed by the mother during pregnancy, so different for each mother.

However, the experts agree that mother's milk is the golden standard and should be given exclusively to babies aged 6 months. Even in these studies, that breastfed babies have a verbal IQ higher than those fed infant formula containing DHA.


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      WriterDJ 6 years ago

      Thanks Pamela99, glad you like it

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      This is a very interesting article as asthma pertains to children.